Sunday, May 30, 2010

Northern Voice

I buzzed a fair bit from Nothern Voice and have posted pics to flickr. But haven't blogged anything about it. I've had a hard time summing it up. After all how do you relate a drawing with letters, realizing the editor of the Vancouver Sun doesn't understand the term 'public domain', eating sushi with Gov 2.0 types, talking with a member of the Thunder Bird support team about Lightning and Google Calendar, talking with Transit Bloggers about how great Vancouver's Bike Route system is and all the other cool random moments at Northern Voice? Northern Voice is a target rich environment for making connections about tech, art, Vancouver and the state of the net. Time well spent.

- Peace

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sarah Speaking at her Grad Banquet

Sarah giving a speech at her Grad Banquet
This is our daughter Sarah, presenting the Centennial High School Class of 2010's Legacy Gift to the school. They're putting in benches to the school and sending solar lamps to teachers and nurses in the developing world. She's growing up and going to UBC in the fall. We're very proud of her.

- Peace

Monday, May 24, 2010

1000 KM near Crimson Lake

In the Woods at 1000KM
Spent the long weekend camping with friends at Crimson Lake. Did over 90 km, most of that trail ridding. Hit the 1000 KM mark this afternoon on the trail that runs from Crimson Lake to Rocky Mountain House. 7 days and 200 KM to go for May :)

- Peace

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Celtic Goth

Life and Shadow
Had hoped to do a shoot while in Vancouver, things didn't work out. Did meet make up artist Kristina Wood who's from Calgary and is studying in Vancouver. She was back in Calgary for a visit, so got together with Talitha and did a concept we've been calling Celtic Goth.

- Peace

900 KM

Over Fishcreek @ 900 KM Hit the 900 KM mark last night. Lost a week of ridding, was exhausted when I got back from Vancouver and came down with a bug. Still have twelve days to do 300 KM. No worries.

- Peace

Monday, May 17, 2010

Who Said?

"It turns out the oil rigs today generally don't cause oil spills. They are technologically very advanced." Answer.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Of Science, Faith and History

Enjoyed my week at Regent for Wonder and Devotion: Bringing Science and Faith Together for the Church. I was struck by how important history was in bringing Science and Faith together. The history of theology in reading the book of Genesis, and the history of the Church's relation ship with science. The history of science and how it's been married to ideologies.

A couple of bits that I found interesting:

The first Christian response to Darwin's On the Origin of Species is dated six days prior to it's publication. Review copies are a very old practice. The first review was positive.

By the 1920's Evolution had been married to political theories such as the Eugenics Movement. The text book that was at the center of the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" had a section dedicated to the praise of Eugenics. Quotes like "If the stock of domesticated animals can be improved upon, it is not unfair to ask if the health and vigor of the future generations of men and women on the earth might not be improved by applying to them the laws of selection." The opposition to Evolution was more complex than simply insisting on a literal six day creation as it's made out in the popular understanding of the "Scopes Monkey Trial".

Really enjoyed the Canadian premier of Test of Faith. They have a number of great clips, so from the film some not on the Test of Faith YouTube chanel. For example you can hear Dr Denis Alexander on How have different ideologies used Darwinism for their own purposes? There is a good clip from Darrel Falk. He explains his concerns about both the science and the theology of the Intelligent Design movement - and says that both are deeply flawed. He very much echoes the thoughts that Dr. Alexander shared at the conference.

- Peace

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pat LePoidevin Unplugged Near Golden

Unplugged Over the Canyon
Had a chance to hear Pat LePoidevin on the TransCanada just east of Golden. A rock slide had stopped all traffic. Pat was passing the time strumming and his drummer Matt joined him for a short set. The acoustics on the bridge were really good.

You can hear a great collection of songs by Pat on CBC Radio 3.

800 KM in Vancouver

Vancouver Pano at 800KM
On Sunday I biked from near this spot, downtown and back to reach the 800 KM mark before leaving Vancouver.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

700 KM in Vancouver

In Awe  @ 700 KMLisa and I hit the trails in the UBC Endowment Lands. A wonderful ride, the smell of pine is almost intoxicating.

- Peace

Saturday, May 01, 2010

600 KM - Alberta Weather

Frieght Over Fishcreek @ 600 KM
Took the scenic route home last night, 40 KM was just enough to get me to the 600 KM and meet the goal for April. I had given up, thinking that with the two days of snow the paths would be a mess. But the weather started to change late Thursday. I came home from the store Thursday night to see our spring blizzard on the National news. I was wearing shorts. Other than a few broken branches and large puddles the bike paths were clear.

The goal for May stays the same at 600 KM and I'll be aiming for 700 KM in June. That would put me at 1900 KM by the end of June. 4500 KM is the goal for the year :)

- Peace